Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood (secondary enuresis) is uncommon and requires medical evaluation.
Causes of adult bed-wetting may include:
- Bladder cancer
- Neurological disorders
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Prostate cancer
- Prostate enlargement
- Urinary tract infection
- Urinary tract stones
Rarely, acute anxiety or other emotional disorders may be the cause of adult bed-wetting.
Tests and procedures used to determine the cause of adult bed-wetting include:
- Physical examination
- Urine tests
- Urologic examinations and tests
- Neurological evaluation
Treatment of adult bed-wetting is directed at the underlying cause, when possible.